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US Banks Passed Stress Tests


 

US bankin gnews. Stress tests for banks may be called one of the key moments of this week. On Tuesday FRS announced the results of stress tests for banks. Reports show that the majority of large-scale US banks are able to fulfill their obligations in extremely non-favourable economic circumstances. The situation may then develop in the following way:
  • Unemployment growth to 13%
  • Price drop by 50%
  • Drop of housing price by 21%

In such a case, the loss of 19 largest banks would amount to 534 bln. dollars. Despite considerable drop of predicted capital, 15 out of 19 holding banking companies will keep their capital four times higher than its normative value.

According to Aleksei Afanasiev, the head of the Department of Portfolio Investments of Masterforex-V Academy, last week’s macroeconomic data was mostly positive:
1. Retail sales rose by 1.1% in February, taking into consideration seasonal fluctuations. In comparison to February 2011, sales have risen by 6.5%. January sales have risen from 0.4% to 0.6%.

 

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2. Industrial production remained the same. Capacity ratio is falling. It has dropped by 78.7% or by 1.6 points from the average since 1972. Its value is 18.3% lower than before crisis. Capacity ratio in January has been lowered from 78.5% to 78.8%. Industrial output did not change in February. Market consensus was slightly worse than expected.
 

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3. Reports of Philadelphia FRS about national production volume slow minor increase in January. Current activity index in March amounted to 12.5 and showed the increase by 2.3 basic points, which is the maximal point since April 2011. General business index remained almost the same in March and amounted to 20.2.

4. Weekly unemployment claims have dropped to 351 000. The four-week moving average is close to the lowest point since the beginning of 2008.

 

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5. Consumer sentiment index dropped to 74.3 in March from 75.3 in February, which is lower than market consensus. Consumer’s general sentiment is rather weak and does not show certain signs of recovery. Small business index slightly rose in February. It has risen form 93.9 to 94.3, which is the 6th rise in a row. However, the index remains at a rather low point due to slow economic growth.

Rally, which started since the beginning of the year, is getting weaker and casts pressure on investors’ psychology. We are currently observing overbought market, and there remains the only question: “will the future correction amount to 3-5% or 10-15%, or something else?”. We recommend redistributing the portfolio, for we believe that aggressive buying at current points are inappropriate.

 

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Italy Follows In Greece’s Footsteps, Consequences Maybe More Considerable

Emergency meetings follow each other. Eurozone nations are trying to save Greece. At the same time, experts have raised the alarm - Italy seems to be the next Greece. Yet, this time, if that’s the case, the Greek crisis will seem nothing compared to the Italian one.

 
Publication date: 30 July 04:18 PM

Standard & Poor's Upgrades Greece’s Credit Ratings

On July 21st, Standard & Poor's, a well known international rating agency headquartered in the USA, upgraded Greece’s credit ratings – both in national and foreign currencies. The ratings went 2 steps up from CCC- up to CCC+, with a stable forecast, Market Leader reports.

 
Publication date: 23 July 04:58 AM

Greece Reopens Banks As Consumer Prices May Grow

Since today, July 20th, Greece has finally reopened its banks. This happened after the banks were close for 3 weeks. At the same time, the VAT and consumer prices are expected to be increased.

 

 
This means that the local banks are going to function under supervision. However, this is not going to prevent depositors and other clients from making major types of financial transactions, including withdrawal of savings.
Publication date: 20 July 10:03 AM

Greeks Express Discontent as Greece Compromises with Euro Group

The latest agreement reached between the Greek government and the Euro Group regarding the conditions for getting further financial support triggered a wave of protests throughout Greece.
 
The adversaries of the compromise with the lenders as well as the supporters of a Greek exit from the Eurozone gathered together yesterday, on July 13th, in front of the local parliament and burned the SYRIZA flag.
 
Publication date: 14 July 04:02 AM

Greece Prepares Reforms for 12 Billion Euro

According to Greek media, the country’s government is preparing a package of proposals on economic reforms for two years worth 12 bln. euro. “It is worth mentioning that such offer exceeds the initial plan by 4 bln. euro,” states the “Market Leader”.
 
Publication date: 10 July 12:33 PM

Beijing Remains At Odds After Stock Market Crash

After a stunning stock market crash in China, the Chinese government is doomed to learn a lesson and understand that a governmental intervention may trigger market panic, thereby escalating the situation. With that in mind, any such intervention may do more harm than good and therefore looks inefficient.

Publication date: 10 July 06:22 AM

Experts Name Reasons For Grexit

The majority of the Greeks participating in the nation wide referendum on July 5th said NO to the offer made by the troika of lenders in exchange for further financial support. This provoked a wave of indignation among financial experts and plain folks.

Publication date: 08 July 07:12 AM

IMF Want to Help Greece

 

Greece keeps on being mentioned in European headlines. It seems like there is some kind of remission after the Greeks celebrated the “victory” over further austerity and the finance minister’s resignation.
Publication date: 07 July 11:05 AM

International Banks Predict Grexit

Some of the world’s biggest financial institutions predict the so-called Grexit (stands for Greek exit from the Eurozone) after the recent referendum conducted over the weekend. The referendum resulted in the NO answer to the offer made by the troika of lenders, Market Leander reports. It is reported that the list of banks predicting the Grexit includes JPMorgan Chase & Co, Barclays, Societe Generale and the Royal Bank of Scotland .

 
Publication date: 06 July 05:19 PM

Predictions For Greece After Referendum

Yesterday’s referendum in Greece resulted in “NO” to the troika of lenders. This means that Greece is not going to practice deeper austerity and perform structural reforms required to get further financial aid from the ECB / EU and the IMF, not to mention debt restructuring.

Publication date: 06 July 04:53 PM